A Sketch for a Shell Dump, France

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  • Art.IWM ART 1889
Art and Popular Design
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: Watercolour
  • Support: Height 308 mm, Width 512 mm
  • Mount: Height 504 mm, Width 685 mm
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  • object category: drawing

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image: a scene filled with stylised figures moving and stacking artillery shells in a shell dump. The gunners form a human chain and stand on duck-boarded tracks.


The sketches for 'A Shell Dump, France' (IWM ART were made retrospectively in December 1918 at Bramley Dump near Reading.


'A Shell Dump, France' (IWM ART 2273) was a major commission for the proposed Hall of Memory. This study, made at Bramley Dump near Reading, shows artillery soldiers stacking ammunition. The final painting gives character and detail to the scene.

History note

Ministry of Information commission (Scheme 2). Commission administration transferred to Imperial War Museum


William Roberts. 1918.

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